Probably as part of Facebook’s new love story with everything related to audio, now you can send emojis with sound or what they call Soundmojis for those moments when a simple emoji will not be enough. You can choose from your growing library of these audio emojis and recipients will receive not only the actual emoji, but the accompanying sound as well. Many people communicate only with emojis instead of words, so this new addition will add another layer to the way we “speak” in Messenger.
Facebook started releasing Soundmoji on World Emoji Day, of course. This new feature will help reinforce the expression that we probably already understand only from emoji and for those who love audio to accompany images, this is a fun new way to communicate. Some of the most popular Soundmojis that you can choose from include clapping, screeching screams, crying and laughing, etc. They have also included pop culture audio clips, including shows like Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Bridgerton and movies like F9.
To send a Soundmoji, touch the smiley icon in a Messenger conversation, and then touch the speaker icon. If you don’t see the icon yet, you probably don’t have the feature yet. But if you do, tap on it and you’ll see the library of Soundmojis to choose from. You can preview the sound effect before sending it just to make sure it is the correct one you want to send. The recipient will receive an emoji, but will know that it is a Soundmoji because of the “sound wave” icon.
Facebook has been pushing audio content on the platform, incorporating things like Live Audio Rooms and beta testing of audio clips into user feed. This comes after the success of podcasts and apps like Clubhouse, which showed that digital users now also consume a lot of audio content as it takes up less bandwidth. It can also be consumed while doing other things like housework, surfing the web, or even just lounging on the couch.
Soundmojis seem to be spreading globally, although not everyone seems to be seeing the speaker icon yet. Update your Messenger to the latest version just to be safe.